Writing Through Life

Writing Through Life

OK, so in my last post, we established something I hate to admit — I’m on the road to old. In some ways that totally sucks, but in others, it’s amazing! Though our bodies get older, our brains (barring any debilitating disease), continue to grow. My...
A Renewed Enthusiasm for Writing Fun Stuff

A Renewed Enthusiasm for Writing Fun Stuff

I know… It’s been more than a year since I felt like writing anything here. Why? Because my work writing is BORING and not fun. I mean, I can do it (and have been doing for 13+ years now), but it’s nothing compared to intense research about a topic...

Writing Books: How to Know What to Include

Writing a book is tricky. You have so much research, and well… You aren’t sure what you need and what you can do without when you look at it in a big heap.  It can make you crazy and scare you from writing at all. But don’t let it! As you’re...

The Marcello Method for Research Organization

Today, I’m just going to boil down the steps I take to organize research when writing a book: Buy a 4-5″ 3- ring binder Insert tabbed index sheets with broad categories that apply to my work Print out everything I find from reliable sources on the Internet...

The Excitement Guide to Research Organization

OK, OK… I know you’re like, “What so exciting about research, especially organizing it?” Well, some of us like that. Really. I love it and have my own special means of organizing everything I find. I’m sure there are other ways, and maybe...

Organizing Your Research

Life is complex and writing a book is a task that can seem terribly overwhelming. And regardless of whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, you have to do some research. You may think that’s not true, but think about it… If you’re writing...